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CJRO News May 1 to May 6, 2023

Hello, bonjour, and welcome to CJRO News on CJRO Radio. I’m Candice Vetter, reporting from Embrun.

Between April 16 and 17, 2023 someone broke into the Russell Centennial Pool on Castor Street in Russell, causing $5,000 to $6,000 worth of damage. The OPP are asking if anyone has information about this incident to contact them at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Speaking of crime, a local resident reported being approached in an Orleans store parking lot last Friday by a middle-aged man with a hard European accent offering to sell speakers and a projector screen for $2500 to $3000. The items were in sealed boxes, and if they were even real, were overpriced by about ten times the actual value. This scam appears similar to the van scam from the 1980s. Be wary of anyone selling stuff out of their trunk.

The Pizza delivery scam is also circulating. Two people pose as a customer and a driver in a parking lot. The customer asks for help and says the driver won't accept cash. The victim pays debit in exchange for cash. After the transaction, the victim is given a fake bank card that resembles theirs. Again, be wary of dealers in parking lots.

The Township of Russell has hired a third-party company to do extra collection of tree branches and debris from the ice storm for $10,000 a week. It is funded by the township’s waste management reserve budget. Collection will continue until all roads have been covered. Have everything ready by the curbside by 7 a.m. as they will only go down by each road one time. Branches 10 inches diameter or smaller should be neatly stacked at the roadside. Wood should be stacked at the roadside in manageable pieces, maximum of 16 inches in diameter. Residents interested in picking up wood chips can pick up chips at the east side of the Municipal Garage at 857 Route 400. This is separate from the regularly scheduled yard waste collection on Saturday June 3rd. Residents can also bring yard waste and branches up to 5 inches wide free of charge to the GFL Vars Transfer Station during their operating hours.

CJRO congratulates Radio CJRC, a new bilingual community radio station serving Clarence-Rockland, Clarence Creek, Clarence Point, Hammond, Bourget, Cheney and St- Pascal-Baylon. CJRC will broadcast emergency information, local news, events and community events, local sports, classic rock, talk shows, podcasts, and content from other radio stations like ours. Their website is

The Carlsbad Springs Optimist Club has a new activity for children between age 10 and 13 who live in Carlsbad Springs, Edwards and Ramsayville, who have a dream they’d like to achieve but can’t afford, and which would positively impact the community. The dream must be achievable within one day and the form must be submitted by May 14th. Contact the club for details.

Carlsbad Pizza’s new management opened last Friday, beside the Ultramar gas station in the village of Carlsbad Springs. Their new menu is posted on our website at I picked up a pizza on Friday and it was delicious.

Holy moly. The Kin Club of Russell Catch the Ace jackpot is now estimated at $759,000, the weekly prize at $34,000, and there are only nine envelopes left. Purchases can be made at 26 retail locations or online at

Russell Township is again promoting No Mow May, to help native bees and other pollinators. Many flowers, often considered weeds, harbour bees until they emerge in May. Bylaw will not enforce grass cutting during the month.

In Ottawa the City is still chipping trees felled by the ice storm and has literally tons of chips. The nearest location they can be picked up is the Larry Robinson Arena, 2785 8th Line Road, Metcalfe. Bring bags and shovels and take away what you want.

The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group has launched its ‘SEEDit,’ garden voucher giveaway. The company has provided 4500 $50 garden centre vouchers to promote home gardens. Local garden centres participating are Denise & Sylvain Garden Centre at 767 Notre-Dame Street in Embrun (behind the mall), and Robert Plante Greenhouses Inc. at 4228 Navan Road.

Rural Transportation Solutions, an Ottawa advocacy group, is conducting a survey seeking feedback about rural transportation needs and priorities. Google rural transportation solutions Ottawa to see the survey.

The Russell Township Recreation Centre designs are up on the website under the Recreation and Culture tab. The final decision will be made soon so take a look. Hear my interview with Mayor Pierre Leroux about it on Local First.

Bill C-11 has been passed. The new act recognizes the role of community radio stations saying “…community radio stations strengthen the democratic process and support local news.” Previously community radio which produced Canadian content had not been supported, and was been borne only by commercial broadcasters. Now online giants have to contribute to the development of Canadian broadcasters, musicians, and artists, similar to the Cancon content introduced in the 1970s.


The Russell Public Library is hosting Barbara Fradkin and Mary Jane Maffini together at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 11th, at 1053 Concession Street, Russell.

The Carlsbad Springs Optimist Club’s soccer will be Mondays at 6:30 p.m. from May 15th to June 26th at Ludger Landry park, 4825 Piperville Road. Call 819 743 7873 or register at the park Monday, May 15th at 6 p.m.

Also at Ludger Landry Park, to participate in Forest Fest on Saturday, May 13th, contact Chris White at or Monica Brewer at The Facebook group is forestfestfetedelaforet. You can hear my interview with Chris on Local First. CJRO will be there.

On the same date the Metcalfe Meet & Greet on Victoria Street is happening rain or shine. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Victoria Street will be closed to traffic and open to over 40 local businesses and organizations. Activities include a free barbecue hosted by Councillor George Darouze, live entertainment from Exposure, a car show at Clarmo Auto Services, a motorcycle shindig party at York’s Corners and Victoria Street along with a ROSSS shuttle to take you to it, a martial arts display, Touch the Truck across from the pharmacy, and the social event of the season. Listen to my upcoming interview with organizers on Local First.

The Carlsbad Springs Recycling and Bottle Drive will be Saturday, May 27th from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Carlsbad Springs Community Center, 6020 Piperville. Check the flyer online at CJROradio to see what you can drop off. The event started about ten years ago to divert recyclable waste like metal and electronics, to show there is less need for landfills than stated by the proponents of a proposed landfill near Carlsbad Springs. So don’t dump those valuable materials, donate them instead.

May 13th is also the date of the Household Hazardous Waste Day for Ottawa residents. It’s at the Rideau Carleton Raceway at 4837 Albion Road.

We are still in a transition period and changing the News format. Sometime in May we will start hosting a separate Events Round-up with Bill McInnis as host. To get your event listed send it to, or

If you have News you want included on this weekly report, please let us know by Monday mornings. We have additional content and Local First podcasts at Hear us at 107.7 or 107.9, follow us on Facebook, listen to our podcasts on or on the Tune-In and Radio Player Canada apps. I’m Candice Vetter for CJRO News. CJRO, last on the dial, first for local news.

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